Get the latest news, activities, publications and events from our 2014 Spring Newsletter.

1 November 2013 Workshop on BIM

On Friday 1 November 2013, we will be holding a workshop on BIM. Among the speakers will be Rafael Sacks, Associate Professor of Construction Management at Technion University, Israel, John Messner from Penn State, Mervyn Richards, a new visiting professor at the University of Reading, Dragana Nikolic, lecturer in digital architecture at the University of Reading . The workshop participants will also take a tour to CAVE. Also some PhDs nearing completion will be presenting their work at the event. For more information and to register yur interest to participate please email

BIM and FM for university campuses

In July, the Design Innovation Research Centre will host an online workshop to bring together research-intensive universities in which scholars are collaborating with their university estates and facilities departments to understand the new practices of using Building Information Modelling (BIM), and related technologies such as laser scanning and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in Facilities Management on university campuses. This workshop aims to enable them to share leading practice, and lessons learnt in using BIM on university campuses.

Award winning paper

Dr Sunila Lobo has recently won an award for a co-authored paper on privacy issues in Saudi Arabia. The paper titled The BlackBerry veil: mobile use and privacy practices by young female Saudis and published in  Journal of Islamic Marketing has won an award (Highly Commended Paper 2013) from the Emerald Literati Network, 2013 Awards for Excellence.

Innovate UK 2013

The Design Innovation Research Centre took part at the Innovate UK InnovateUK132013 exhibition held at the Business Design Centre in London on 11-13 March. This UK's leading innovation and trade event was hosted by UK Trade & Investment and the Technology Strategy Board. Handpicked from a pool of the 'best of the best' in British creativity and innovation, DIRC shared its latest in innovative ideas and emergent research with an estimated 4,000 UK and international visitors, at Innovate UK. The stand showcased achievements in studying design in major built infrastructure and transport projects, such as the London 2012 Olympics and Crossrail. The team's EPSRC funding was won by Professor Whyte through the 'Challenging Engineering' programme for future research leaders. Insights from the research are being used with industry partners, to develop next generation of tools and methods; and in teaching, with innovative student-led projects enthusing the next generation of industry professionals.

Ecobuild 2013

ExCeL, London

Seminar Stream: Better through BIM

Day: Wednesday 6th March 2013

Session: The Business Case for BIM: Economic and Environmental Drivers

Times: 12.30 - 14.00 6th March 12.30 - 14.00

The Business Case for BIM: Economic and Environmental Drivers

BIM will be mandated for all central government projects by 2016. The BIM Task Group are supporting the Government's Industrial Strategy for Construction, led by the Government's Chief Construction Adviser, Peter Hansford and its BIM requirements. This strategy will influence the BIM agenda. A new working culture with enlightened clients, design, delivery and facilities management teams, is emerging to create economic and efficiency advantages for both the delivery and operational life cycles of buildings and infrastructure.

  • Chair: Professor Jennifer Whyte, Director Design Innovation, University of Reading
  • BIM, Benefits and the Life Cycle of Built Infrastructure - how the project-team influences value over the life of the building. Professor Jennifer Whyte, Director Design Innovation, University of Reading
  • BIM and its value to clients. Paul Zuccherelli, Director, Head of Retail, Davis Langdon
  • BIM and central government projects. Bill Davis¸ Principal Project Sponsor, Ministry of Justice.
  • BIM and its value for infrastructure. Malcolm Taylor, Head of Technical Information, Crossrail

Undergraduate Research Opportunity

We are excited to take part in the summer 2013 Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (UROP) with our project on Immersive Visualisation of Building Information Models. The details of the placement are now listed on the UROP web site, to read further click here .




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